Martial arts is one of the most popular forms of contact sports out there today. However, there are many reasons as to why people opt for martial arts. Some take it up purely as a way to learn self-defense, while others take it up for the discipline and focus that it teaches. But, that’s not all one can gain from learning martial arts. Martial arts is also great for fitness as well. It uses complex movements and exercises to train the body and also improve muscle tone.
There are any martial art forms, and each has a unique effect on the body. They are all high-intensity forms that are great for cardiovascular and strength training.
How martial arts contribute to muscle toning
A typical martial arts class begins with warm up exercises to release the body’s muscles. Each martial arts school may have a specific warm-up for their style. After which, learners engage in a series of stretching exercises that provide muscular strength and flexibility. This muscular strength and flexibility come in handy later, when students begin their typical martial arts techniques such as kicking, throwing, grappling, or striking.
Followed by the initial warm up session, martial art students get involved in more severe forms of muscle workout such as push-ups, sit-ups, squats, etc. These are done in multiple sets and are great for boosting muscle build up. Plus, they also play a significant role in burning calories as well. Working out this way on a regular basis helps the learner gain muscular strength and also tones the learner’s muscles, especially in areas such as the arms, legs, and torso.
It is only after such high level of preparation that the actual sparring/self-defense sessions begin. This way, martial arts combines strength and cardiovascular training to help learners achieve a toned and fit body.